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Gray Duck Grit

Gray Duck Grit is brought to you by Level Be Adventures LLC founder and ATU1005 member, Mark Jessee. Gray Duck Grit is a one-of-a-kind, grass-roots gravel cycling event in Southern Minnesota. It will test your endurance, push your body into unknown territory, and force you to explore the uncharted waters in your mind. If you want a challenge, you got a challenge.

Webinar: Frontline Worker Pay applicant assistance for organizations

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) has scheduled several informational webinars for unions, agencies, organizations and nonprofits to provide an overview of the Frontline Worker Pay Program, review qualification information and application requirements, and provide tips to help qualified workers apply. DLI is partnering with the Minnesota AFL-CIO to organize and promote these sessions.

Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay Update

Translated materials being posted

It is important to us to reach as many eligible frontline workers as possible, so we are translating many of our materials into Hmong, Somali and Spanish. To date, we have the information sheet and outreach toolkit webpages available in four languages. You can access them all at


Juneteenth is a newly recognized Holiday this year for Council employees. The Juneteenth Holiday will be handled the same way MLK Day is handled in that it is a working holiday. If an employee would like to take this day in conjunction with vacation, the employee must use vacation by the week and can elect to receive holiday pay or float the holiday.

Because of the timing of the implementation of the Juneteenth Holiday all regular services such as customer relations and transit information will operate on a regular schedule while the Mail Room, Overhaul Base, and Radio/Electronic shops will be closed on the recognized Juneteenth day, Monday, June 20, 2022.

If you work in an office setting and are unsure whether of not your office will be closed on June 20, 2022, please contact your immediate supervisor for clarification.

Raphael Valle elected Interim EM Maintenance Board Member

Raphael Valle is elected to the Interim position of East Metro Maintenance Board Member position by one vote, 26 to 25.

Minnesota Frontline Workers Pay

Minnesota Frontline Worker Pay

Gov. Tim Walz signed a bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature providing bonus pay for eligible COVID-19 frontline workers. Details of the program, including the application process and timeline, are still being finalized and will be posted here when they are available. Sign up here to receive updates about Frontline Worker Pay.

May 11 Council Meeting has been Cancelled


May 11 Council Meeting


has been Cancelled



Meeting agendas and minutes
Note: Minutes are not final until approved at the following meeting.
Meeting Date Agenda, Materials & Video Minutes
5/9/2022   CANCELED
4/25/2022 Agenda, Materials & Video  
4/11/2022 Agenda, Materials & Video  
3/28/2022 Agenda, Materials & Video  
3/14/2022 Agenda, Materials & Video  
2/28/2022 Agenda, Materials & Video  


Southwest light rail: Work halted near Minneapolis condo tower to probe cracks

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SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie, Minn., would be one stop on the Southwest Light Rail Transit line.
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Cracks in a building next to the Southwest Corridor light rail project have dealt another blow to the beleaguered transit line.

Residents of the Cedar Isles condominiums in Minneapolis say cracks have appeared on eight separate floors of the building, right beside the construction site where crews are building a tunnel to accommodate the trains planned to run 14 ½ miles from downtown Minneapolis to Eden Prairie. 

Retiree Benefit Update

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Our Essential Status and CHILD CARE QUESTIONS

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